SRINAGAR: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh Monday asked the employment department to come up with an “innovative and comprehensive” proposal to address the issue of unemployment in the state.
Singh made the call in his inaugural address at the District Employment Fair at Kala Kendra in Jammu, an official handout issue here said.
“…The same (proposal) would be considered at the cabinet level. The proposal should suggest ways and means to generate employment avenues keeping in view the challenges and requirements of present day business environment,” the statement quoted him as saying.
Stressing on the need to promote self-employment, Singh said the youth of the state have “enormous potential” and the government is taking “every possible effort” to encourage culture of entrepreneurship.
He said time has come to “look beyond government sector” for employment.
“Starting own ventures with active support from the government can go a long way in addressing the problem of unemployment,” he said.
“We should encourage the youth to take maximum benefit from centre and state sponsored employment schemes and they should start own business units to not only support self but also generate employment for others,” he added.
On the occasion, cheques under the J&K Self Employment Scheme were also distributed among the beneficiaries who had started their own business units.
Over 30 stalls were set up by different government, semi-government and private organisations to generate awareness among the youth. These include LIC, SBI, PNB, BSF, and the state’s departments of Sericulture, Horticulture, Urban Development Agency, Industries, and Food Craft Institute.